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George Porter is a Claret!

Burnley have signed Leyton Orient winger George Porter.

The 20-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the move subject to completion of the relevant paperwork.

The two clubs are also still in negotiation over a fee, with Orient entitled to compensation for the right winger

Porter joined Leyton Orient from non-league side Cray Wanderers on a two week trial in early May 2010. After playing in several reserve games, he was signed by the O's later that month.

In his first season with Orient, the Sidcup-born wideman was loaned to both Lewes and Hastings in order to gain some first team experience. After making over 35 appearance for the O's, Porter rejected a two year contract offer from Leyton Orient in May this year.

Eddie Howe talking about his second signing of the summer said:

'We believe George is an exciting young player with the potential to develop further with us,' said the Burnley manager as he steps up his recruitment drive ahead of Friday's return to pre-season training.

'He will increase competition in the wide areas in our squad but is also one for the future.

'He has had a taste of League football and we will now be working with him to help him make the step up to the Championship and make a big impact here at Turf Moor.'

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 3 2012

Time: 4:01PM

Your Comments

George who? Lower league cheapness again. Please can we have some proven players at Championship level and stop pfaffing about!
Excellent buy, adding quality with even more potential.
Mike Mada
Rovers buy Leon Best and we buy some unknown! Typical. Potential? What about the here and now before ALL the parachute money runs out and the season ticket sales continue to plummet? Have you seen this Porter play, I know I haven't so it all seems a risk to me compared to proven players
We have a promotion to go for and Howe admits he has to quote-"help him make the step up to the Championship " No wonder all the pundits think we will be no better than midtable AGAIN!
TMP - You mention Best going to Rovers - good signing for them I agree as is Danny Murphy. But you cant be suggesting our board run the club as they appear to be down the road?
All I know is Best will do more for Rovers than Porter will for will Murphy. The ethics and morals of running a football club along the lines of Blackburn is questionable as is many that have gone into administration and come back with a vengence meanwhile ickle old Burnley stand morally sound..and stuck in midtable! If thats's what folk want then sobeit but until something new is tried that will continue to be our fate!
Now let us sign those 2 or3 experienced, quality midfield/defence payers we have been lacking since whenever.
Well if we buy Shackell that would be a start [Edited by turfmanphil]
I don't really rate Murphy that highly, everywhere he goes its good the bad Liverpool bad, Charlton good, Tottenham bad, Fulham good. I think he is due another bad spell. Porter and O'neill will both make great additions for what is increasingly looking like a very bright Claret future.
Did we not say the same about Treacy & Co before we finished 13th? Its always about a bright future, never about a bright here and now?
Too old too young no experience over the hill,doesn't play enough. I sometimes think if we signed Gerrard, Vidic and Defoe it would be a case of too injury prone, doesn't play enough and a scouser........
Well lets buy those three and see what happens!
We find and develop the potential and then we sell it. Modern football economics for you. We will be a young team with potential in 5/10 years time.
What chance are we going to have next season if we sign players like this. No offence to the guy but he just isnt going to be good enough to play a big role next season. He may well have a bright future, but young and cheap players with potential should not be the priority. We have lost some big players over the last two years and we havnt really replaced them. Eddie Howe has already came out and said that we wont have a big squad this season, which begs the question, how many more of these lower league players are we going to sign ? We need to bring in the likes of Shackell and Clayton etc before we fill vacancies with these types of players. If this doesnt happen then we will be looking at another boring season of midtable with nothing to play for come the closing weeks of the season.
Totally agree with both Dave and Adam's comments! It is no wonder season ticket sales are dropping. Fans want things to happen now not five years down the line or whatever this lot mean by long-term!
It looks like the Shackell deal might not be dead yet, with Derby giving serious consideration to a new bid from us of over 1 million. This would really show some ambition and I really rate this guy, he could be brilliant for us. Please just let us get it over the line quickly if they do accept.
Relegation looms
Three questions for Turfman, Dale, Adam, anyone... What is the actual loss of revenue from the decline in season tickets this season? I'm not arguing with anyone's analysis; I am just trying to get a figure on that, and a sense of how important it is in terms of overall revenue. Second question: does anyone have any data on the number of players in the PL and Championship as measured by which club they graduated at? How are we doing in that particular league table; and should we be aiming to do better? Third question: how many season more season tickets does anyone calculate we would have sold this season if we had signed Shackell and Clayton in the first fortnight of this window?
Couch Potato
I feel a Vin answer coming up, despite what some may think, I believe that the reason people like me and Dale pondered over buying a season ticket this year is the cost of fuel and ticket prices. This has nothing to do with who we have sold or bought and more to do with personal balance sheets in troubled times for all. At 400 a season ticket (averaged) x 2000 less than last year for example, it equates to 800,000 or one signing of 600,000 and his wages and fees. Sober thoughts?
I was told we were down about 3000 on season tickets. At an average of 400/season ticket that equates to a loss of 1200000 which is why they were desperate to offer more special pre-season deals. It is potentially more as well due to loss merchandising
We need to sign some proven Championship players with a touch of class. We are not Mansfield or even Bournemouth.
Grimsby Claret
Is the 400 season ticket average before or after VAT. I suspect the former, so you have to knock 20% off your calcs.
Couch Potato

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